"Write by hand. But … begin each day by typing up what you did the day before. That allows you to settle, while admitting a little computer-generated distraction on the way. You don’t have to feel you are punishing yourself. You’re not an ascetic or a saint. You’re a guy doing a job. Across the table from you, your girlfriend is working on a translation. There’s a cheerful tippity-tap. You’re not suffering."
Reading this by Tim Parks today in the Guardian. He talks about writing as a performance, but, most interestingly he suggests that the artists can try different roles or characters. I mean, see his activity in different ways. A saint or suffering ascetic, a guy just doing his job, whatever works. "Works" here meaning whatever allows you to take the handbrake off and produce something.
This is interesting because it makes me think I can look at my 'role'. Who am I being? the suffering, romantic artist; the chilled-out, whistling amateur painter; the invisible outsider artist? It matters because it effects how the work turns out, but more importantly how pleasurable the experience of painting is.
While thinking about this I'm also keeping in mind Adam Phillips comment about the difference between a critical faculty and a faculty of appreciation.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
- The image
- The weird and wonderfully wonky way that the figures are drawn.
- The weird wonky s shape made by the winged figure and the standing figure.
- The way that the two figures are joined by their heads!
- The amazingly detailed and invented landscape, much smaller in scale than the figures. Are they gods? Giants? Or is it just dream logic?
- The inventedness of it all. It feels like it was just made up. No reference to real trees or people.
- The line made by the pen; so thin and a bit scratchy. Like an etching.
- The preciousness of it. the feeling that Paul Nash was totally involved in this little world. You could move around it in your head!
Posted by retire in good heart at 10:24 AM
This is the initial sketch that got me excited about this image. I'd like to go back and produce something that had more of those qualities of the first thumb nail drawing. Especially the gothic, Goya-like quality that I wanted. I got more interested in turning it into a sort-of male annunciation. Or, annunciation with gender roles swapped.
Posted by retire in good heart at 10:06 AM
Friday, April 14, 2017
Posted by retire in good heart at 1:50 AM